Our Tomato Obsession Headhouse Farmer's Market Philadelphia Tomato Tartine

Tomato Obsession

In Philadelphia, Recipes by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch35 Comments

We love to feed our tomato obsession with this easy tomato tartine recipe.

We love to feed our tomato obsession with this easy tomato tartine recipe.
Our Tomato Obsession Headhouse Farmer's Market Philadelphia Tomato Tartine

Our Tomato Obsession

One thing we love about traveling outside the United States is the way that most people shop locally for food. Whether we’re in Barcelona ogling the fresh fish or in China drooling over the variety of mushrooms or in Montreal perusing the vast cheese selection, we often comment on how we are so deprived at home with supermarkets filled with non-local food.

However, this year is different. We have fallen into the habit of shopping at our local market, the historic Headhouse Farmer’s Market, every Sunday. We have been enjoying different produce like peaches, cucumbers and long beans. But most of all, we’ve been loving the tomatoes.

Yes, we have a tomato obsession that cannot be abated.

We can’t help ourselves. We keep buying heirloom tomatoes, the uglier the better.

Ugly Heirlom Tomatoes Headhouse Farmer's Market Philadelphia Tomato Tartine

Tomatoes – The Uglier, the Better

More Ugly Heirloom Tomatoes Headhouse Farmer's Market Philadelphia Tomato Tartine

More Ugly Heirloom Tomatoes

Our favorites are the little multi-colored tomatoes from Happy Cat Farm in nearby Kennett Square. Kennett Square is referred to as the mushroom capital of the world, but apparently it’s also a tomato mecca.

Tomatoes from Happy Cat Farm Headhouse Farmer's Market Philadelphia Tomato Tartine

Tomatoes from Happy Cat Farm

Every time we go to the market, we buy lots of tomatoes. The organically grown tomatoes are not cheap, but sometimes you have to pay for quality.

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Lots and Lots of Tomatoes

We’ve even developed our own tomato tartine recipe to enjoy the tomatoes this year! Since it’s summer and we aren’t cooking a lot, it’s a simple, low-calorie dinner with just a handful of ingredients and no oven required.

Tomato Tartine Recipe

Serves 1
Prep time 10 minutes
We've developed our own tomato tartine recipe. It's a simple, low-calorie dinner with just a handful of ingredients and no oven required.


  • Locally Grown Tomatoes
  • Excellent Locally-Baked Crusty Bread
  • Fromage Blanc
  • Fresh Basil, Tarragon, or Mint
  • Table Salt
  • Maldon Salt
  • Olive Oil


Step 1 Toast two thick slices of the bread.
Step 2 While the bread is toasting, chop up tomatoes into bite sized chunks. Place chopped tomatoes in a bowl and salt to taste.
Step 3 Spread fromage blanc onto the toasted bread. There is no need to be shy since the fromage blanc is only 15 calories per ounce.
Step 4 Evenly spread the tomato chunks.
Step 5 Sprinkle with the chosen herb.
Step 6 Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and a light sprinkling of Maldon sea salt.

Every time we start to wonder what we’ll do when tomato season is over, we remind ourselves that it will soon be apple season. It will then be time to feed our honeycrisp apple obsession.

We see an apple tartine in our not-so-distant future…

Now a question. How do you like to eat tomatoes?


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      The tomatoes are particularly good this year. You will soon be in tomato heaven!

  1. Heirloom tomatoes fall into the “so ugly they’re beautiful” category for me. I love them raw, in pasta dishes, or broiled with a bit of mozzarella and fresh basil.
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  2. I have to say that I’ve noticed a big change in attitudes in the US, at least in some areas, when it comes to ‘buying local.’ It’s only positive and will continue.
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  3. Am not a big fan of tomatoes on their own (although I do love making pasta sauces with them!) But I completely agree about going and buying in season fruit and veg at local markets. That is one of the things I love doing when travelling, because other regions like SE Asia, S.America, India etc seem to still have the culture of doing so, whereas it is becoming less and less the norm at home.
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  4. Fabulous post 🙂 And great recipe, too! I am OBSESSED with buying fruits and veggie local! In Canada though there’s always a brief time frame when this is possible so I go ALL OUT (like now, in the summer months, hehe!) I love my tomatoes in a home made Greek salad 🙂
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  5. I like to eat tomatoes just about in any way – cherry tomatoes can be eaten just like that… 🙂 otherwise, i love chopping them off and adding some salt, oregano and fresh basil and olive oil and place it on good toasted (and real) crusty italian bread. Mmmmm YUMMY!

  6. I love tomatoes! All kinds of dishes with them! If you come to Portugal we definitely have try ours. They are much more delicious and bigger than from other countries. Thanks for recipe! Olive oil is a must 🙂
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  7. Oh my god. This is a post after my own heart. I’m equally obsessed with tomatoes. The first time I discovered this was when I read about it in a book written by an Italian chef and she went on and on about the tomatoes available in a particular region in Italy and I just didn’t get it.Then I tasted my first European tomato. Raw. And life was changed forever. I curse the fact that even the uber expensive imported tomatoes we get in India don’t match up.
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  8. I am totally stealing that recipe! It sounds delicious. I live in New York and luckily we have many fresh markets open year round and that’s the only place I buy produce. I’ve noticed many smaller towns are also starting to host local farmers’ markets now too including my hometown of Pensacola. I’m glad they’re becoming more common in the States!
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      We saw great looking heirloom tomatoes a couple years ago at the Borough Market in London. Maybe check there if you’re near London.

  9. When I was a kid, living in the SE US – we used to get German Johnson tomatoes, slice them thick, lay them on your favorite bread, sprinkle pepper over them, and add mayo or cheese (up to the end user) and have a beautifully refreshing summer sandwich.
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  10. How funny, tomato obsession! But I have to admit that I also like to have good tomatoes. I am from Bulgaria and my family has been growing tomatoes since I remember…I´ve lived in Barcelona for the past 7 years, where the fruit and vegetable markets are pretty good, but I find it difficult to find really tasty tomatoes, especially the big pink ones, i think you call it heirloom…Interesting post!
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  11. you wanna know something weird? I have a TERRIBLE and unexplainable phobia of tomatoes. Dont know and dont know how but somehow you made these tomatoes look and sound somewhat appealing. just a bit 😉 haha

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